PURC Update

September 2015

Greetings! We bring you news from the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida. Our electronic newsletter is designed to keep utility regulators, policy makers, and infrastructure managers informed of our upcoming programs, research activities and news about colleagues and resources. We invite you to join our mailing list and receive our bulletins by email.


Upcoming Courses and Events

Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis

October 5 - November 15, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

Are your regulations achieving desired results?
Do you have the proper tools to analyze their impacts?
Do you want your studies to be the gold standard by which all others are measured?
Do you want your studies to be used and not shelved?

Learn how to effectively and rigorously analyze and communicate the impacts of regulations... wherever you are. With our online course, Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis, you will learn from experts and exchange experiences and best practices with peers through the latest in Internet technology.

Pricing for Sustainability

October 5 - November 15, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

How can you incorporate sustainability into your pricing decisions? Will customer responses to prices promote sustainability?

Build your foundation for difficult utility pricing decisions with our online course "Pricing for Sustainability." Learn from experts and exchange experiences and best practices with peers through the latest in internet technology.

39th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

January 11 - 22, 2016
Gainesville, FL, USA

The PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy is an intensive, two-week course specifically tailored to the professional requirements of utility regulators and regulatory staff. NOW Accepting Applications!

PURC Leadership Workshop - Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment: A One-Day Intensive Training Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Utility Policy

January 23, 2016
Gainesville, FL, USA

International regulatory professionals will examine the activities, behaviors, mindsets, and skills of a successful leader during this training workshop designed by PURC for leaders in utility policy. NOW Accepting Applications!

Customized Training Programs

Our customized training programs are individually designed to help you identify the best solutions to the pressing issues you face today. Interested in customized training for your organization? Contact us (araceli.castaneda at warrington.ufl.edu).


Recent Training Programs and Events

2015 Advanced International Practices Program

Congratulations to the graduates on this program!

Energy Pricing Course

Over July 26 - 31, 2015, participants learned core principles and engaged in a case study in energy pricing from start to finish.

Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations

Over August 3 - 6, 2015, participants analyzed the benefits, best practices, and pitfalls of benchmarking utilities.

Telecom Policy and Regulation for Next Generation Networks

Over August 3 - 6, 2015, participants examined the foundations, drivers, and policy priorities for NGN.

38th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

June 8 - 19, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

Congratulations to the graduates of the 38th delivery of this program. In June 2015, 56 participants traveled from 23 nations for the 38th delivery of this program to enhance their economic, technical, and policy skills.

PURC Leadership Workshop - Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment: A One-Day Intensive Training Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Utility Policy

June 20, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

Congratulations to the 22 emerging leaders who completed the leadership workshop, Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment on June 20th! They learned to identify and build a leadership style that encourages collaboration and team cohesiveness.


Presentations

Implications of the Clean Power Plan
Ted Kury

September 24, 2015
Gainesville, FL USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that would reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants. States have a variety of strategies to meet this requirement. How will Florida adjust its power plan to meet this standard? Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), and Amy Stein from the Levin College of Law, whose legal focus is on clean energy, climate change and the environment, examined Florida's current energy policy and the need to diversify energy options in order to secure Florida's energy future.

Why is rural broadband development so hard?

September 24, 2015
Washington, D.C., USA

It comes down to our inability to mobilize political will, according to PURC director and Gunter Professor, Mark Jamison. Speaking to the Organization of American State's CITEL group in Washington, D.C., Dr. Jamison explained that the economics, technology, and financing of rural broadband have been well known for about 20 years.

Performance Improvements for Caribbean Water and Sanitation Utility Companies

August 24 - 28, 2015
Miami, Florida, USA

Stakeholders in the Caribbean arrived at a consensus in identifying 4 areas critical to the improvement of Utility Performance:
1. Water Safety Plans (resource sustainability and utility resilience)
2. Communications/Customer service (credibility and legitimacy)
3. Efficiency (benchmarking, NRW, and asset management)
4. Collections and Tariff Design (financial sustainability)
Dr. Sanford Berg, PURC director of water studies, discussed these topics, suggested additional supporting initiatives and the foundations for high performance.

Regulating Water Services Provision in MENA Workshop

July 28 - 30, 2015
Marseille, France

Dr. Mark Jamison was invited to participate in the faculty of this workshop organized by The World Bank and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in partnership with GIZ and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF).

How can a utility move forward in times of constant change?

July 21 - 24, 2015
Palm Beach, Florida, USA

By paying attention to three juxtapositions, according to PURC director of leadership studies, Araceli Castaneda, and PURC director and Gunter Professor, Mark Jamison. Speaking to over 100 utility managers and executives at the Florida Municipal Electricity Association Annual Meeting, Ms. Castaneda and Dr. Jamison explained that the first juxtaposition -- It's not best practice, but next practice -- is necessary for finding the way forward when there is no path to follow. Next practices are experiments that are designed to test hypotheses.

How can utilities innovate to thrive in the future?

May 26 - 27, 2015
Poznan, Poland

How can utilities innovate to thrive in the future? That was the subject of PURC director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison's talks in Poznan, Poland. Dr. Jamison explained that there are three types of innovation: Innovation in the known world, in the knowable world, and to the unknown world.


The Gator Nation

Rui Cunha Marques

Visiting Scholar,
Rui Cunha Marques

(Full Professor of Systems and Management of Infrastructure-- Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon) returned to PURC this August. He worked with Dr. Sandy Berg on different metrics that could be used to measure the quality of regulatory governance. The two researchers ultimately hope to examine the extent to which governance affects infrastructure performance.

Author of over 100 refereed journal articles and ten books, Rui has also served as a consultant to the World Bank and other organizations. He brings a unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience to his research and teaching.


PURC Alumni, we'd like to hear from you! Please let us know what you've accomplished since your time with us. Email Us (purcinfo at warrington.ufl.edu).


What’s New

Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation
Bulgarian Keyboard

A NEW translation of the glossary of terms is available in Bulgarian. This addition marks the 10th language of glossary translation. We would like to thank Daniela Stoilova and B. Petrakieva from the International Department from the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission for their dedication in making this project successful.

To see a complete listing of available translations, please visit regulationbodyofknowledge.org.

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